Around the World, Girls Still Face Challenges in STEM Education (U.S. News)

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AS THE SEVENTH International Day of the Girl is observed on Thursday, experts remind the public that providing a complete education for girls and women worldwide remains a challenge. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, girls are still more likely than boys to never enter into a school system, yet countries are committed to closing the gender …


Texas A&M team proposes using research stations across U.S. for public STEM education (AgriLife)

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The general public and scientists are finding common ground at hundreds of biological field research stations across the nation, according to a Texas A&M University and Colorado State University study. In addition to offering logistical and research support to scientists doing field work, biological field stations provide informal science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, learning opportunities to the general …


NCCC asking county for $14 million for new STEM Center (Niagara Gazette)

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Niagara County Community College is asking the county to chip in $14 million toward its planned Science Engineering Technology and Math Center. The project, which calls for over 103,000 square feet of new labs, manufacturing space and greenhouses built beside its C building, comes with a total estimated price tag of $35 million. The NCCC Foundation would chip in $3.5 …


A New Bill Vows to Combat STEM’s Sexual Harassment Problem (Motherboard)

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A federal bill that proposes to deal with sexual harassment in science was introduced on Friday, days after a top CERN physicist, Alessandro Strumia, claimed at a conference that “physics was built by men.” The “Combatting Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2018,” spearheaded by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), aims to study “factors contributing to, and consequences of, sexual harassment” in …


Dow, Delta, Mind Trekkers plan for STEM Festival (Midland Daily News)

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Walking on water, standing inside a bubble, or playing a piano with bananas for keys are just some of the marvels of science that will be seen at the 6th annual Dow Great Lakes Bay STEM Festival powered by the nationally-known Mind Trekkers of Michigan Technological University. The Dow Chemical Co. and Delta College are teaming up again with Mind …


Ohio State to help increase minority enrollment in STEM fields (The Lantern)

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With a shared and continuing grant from the National Science Foundation, Ohio State and nine other Ohio universities have committed to growing the number of minority students in STEM fields and in boosting their long-term career development over the next five years. The renewed grant, a total of $4.5 million, is the largest ever to be awarded to the Louis …


Pace University will Expand Experiential STEM Learning with New $2.5 Million Grant from the NSF (Pace)

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Pace University’s School of Education will continue their work cleaning New York City waterways and help train the leaders of tomorrow in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant, totaling $2,499,876 million will build upon prior success with the New York City Department of Education, the New York Harbor Foundation, …


National Grid’s student tour hopes to jolt careers in energy (News 12 Long Island)

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Dozens of high school students toured the National Grid training center Tuesday in Melville. They watched live demonstrations and checked out various stations, including the mechanical lab and gas operations. The teens also attended a career fair. The tour was part of a nationwide and weeklong event to increase the public’s awareness about careers in energy.


​Nearly 300 organizations announce new computer science education commitments (EdScoop)

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CSforALL, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to expand computer science education across the U.S., announced new commitments from 294 organizations on Tuesday. Announced as part of the second annual CSforALL Summit at Wayne State University in Detroit, the announcements cover an assortment of projects and partnerships that aim to increase access to computer science education, whether through general education programs, after …


Want better STEM research? Add more women to your team (Futurity)

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Women and girls are increasingly encouraged to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers, potentially leading to greater gender diversity within research organizations. While Stanford historian Londa Schiebinger sees that as a positive step, she wants those organizations to go further by also supporting the changes to research itself brought on by the greater diversity. “Everybody supports diversity these …


Local STEM school to expand, partner with Wright-Patt on gaming lab (Dayton Daily News)

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The Dayton Regional STEM School is beginning a classroom and laboratory expansion project that will include an innovative partnership with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Officials of the science, technology, engineering and math school on Monday announced an upcoming 30,000 square-foot renovation of currently unoccupied space in their building at 1724 Woodman Drive in Kettering. The project will create a science …


STEM Candidates Try to Ride a Pro-Science Wave to Congress (WIRED)

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When Kim Schrier campaigns in central Washington farm towns, she talks about protecting health care, reforming immigration laws, and the harmful effects of new White House tariffs on the region’s hay, cherry, and apple growers. But she says she also brings up climate change and what it means for local businesses. “Our farmers have a lot of evidence that the climate …


‘Bring STEM To Life’ Inspires Girls To Explore Science, Technology, Math Outside Classroom (CBS Denver)

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The American Heart Association is helping inspire girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math outside the classroom in their annual Bring STEM To Life event. Nearly 100 high school girls took part in the event on Monday as well as some of Denver’s leading STEM companies. The hope is that more girls will pursue a career in STEM fields. These women are helping …


First woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 years (BBC)

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The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a woman for the first time in 55 years. Donna Strickland, from Canada, is only the third woman winner of the award, along with Marie Curie, who won in 1903, and Maria Goeppert-Mayer, who was awarded the prize in 1963. Dr Strickland shares this year’s prize with Arthur Ashkin, from the …


Besides encouraging more women in STEM, we need more men in the humanities (Inside HigherEd)

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Wouldn’t greater exposure to such fields, asks Christine Henseler, help men make better decisions and become stronger citizens, workers and leaders? Around the turn of the millennium, American society realized a looming crisis: the lack of female representation in STEM fields. But today we are witnessing a crisis of male leadership in a variety of workplaces. From the president to …


Inspiring NASA Videos Celebrate 60 Years of Space Exploration (Space.com)

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Sixty years ago, NASA was established to push the boundaries in aeronautics and in space. And what a few decades it has been. The agency’s accomplishments include visiting every planet in the solar system, putting humans on the moon and helping to build the massive International Space Station. The agency recently released a six-video playlist on YouTube with highlights of NASA’s history …


There Are Many More Female STEM Teachers Now Than 20 Years Ago (Education Week)

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Over the last two decades, the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching field has become much more female, slightly more diverse, and more qualified, a new analysis shows. And these STEM teachers not more likely to leave their jobs than other teachers, according to the data—except when they teach in high-poverty schools. In a new study published by the American Educational …


17,000 students getting ‘passports’ for STEM learning outside school (MLive)

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Students of eight counties in and around the Great Lakes Bay Region now have an educational coupon book of sorts they can use to experience places of learning that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. On Monday, Oct. 1, The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance STEM Initiative introduced the STEM passport, which is filled with discounts to …



Portrayals of Female STEM Characters in TV and Film Haven’t Improved in 10 Years (Lyda Hill Foundation)

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The Lyda Hill Foundation, in partnership with Geena Davis’s Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University, released an extensive research report on the portrayals of female characters in science, technology, engineering and math in television and film. “Portray Her: Representations of Women STEM Characters in Media” shows that entertainment media has a long way to go to improve stereotypes about …